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by randomperson
Fri Feb 06, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Podcasts
Replies: 5
Views: 616

Re: Podcasts

Allow me to recommend the comedic genius, Phil Hendrie, if you're into podcasts:

http://philhendrieshow.com/

His style is one of a kind and will have you laughing so hard you'll cry.
by randomperson
Fri Jan 30, 2015 6:55 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Prostitution in Peru
Replies: 2
Views: 842

Prostitution in Peru

Is prostitution legal in Peru? Apparently the Trocadero is a well known cat house in Callao. In today's news the Anaconda was raided. If they were raided is it because foreigners were working there who arrived in the category of tourist but the business itself was legitimate? And if so, is the healt...
by randomperson
Fri Jan 30, 2015 6:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Reasonable apts. in Miraflores?
Replies: 10
Views: 1233

Re: Reasonable apts. in Miraflores?

Not sure how you came about that price range in Miraflores. I can tell you that I paid S/.400 month for an unfurnished one bedroom in a sketchy part of Callao in a newly constructed building-12 month lease is up this month,
by randomperson
Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:49 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: CSI Peruvian style
Replies: 1
Views: 391

CSI Peruvian style

Has anyone noticed deceased victims of crime are regularly transported to the coroner in the open back of a pick up truck? Not just in the provinces but in Lima too. I've seen more photographs in the news than I can count of this bizarre adaptation of what passes for forensics. The use of disposable...
by randomperson
Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:06 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Ron Millonario
Replies: 5
Views: 1191

Re: Ron Millonario

Lots of conspiracy theories about Luis Banchero Rossi, his demise and Klaus Barbie, according to Wikipedia.

Fascinating topic by OP, btw. Who knew!
by randomperson
Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:59 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Ron Millonario
Replies: 5
Views: 1191

Re: Ron Millonario

Never heard of Ron Millonario until now. So me, the smarty pants that I am, think why doesn't the OP just Google it already? Then I come to find out that it's one of the top rated artisanally produced rums in the WORLD! In Peru? Yup. The company is owned by Rossi and Rossi of Italy. Other than being...
by randomperson
Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:17 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Looking for a source for beeswax (candles)
Replies: 1
Views: 230

Re: Looking for a source for beeswax (candles)

AC Acapicenter Av. Mexico 917 in La Victoria http://www.acapicenter.com this is just for the wax to make candles I found beautiful ready-made candles at one of the religious stores downtown that carries all things Senor de Los Milagros and they are gorgeous plus available in many sizes for a few sol...
by randomperson
Wed Jan 07, 2015 3:49 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Music!
Replies: 458
Views: 53499

Re: Music!

Oldie but goodie. Party in a box, these guys:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIHF3UjtFt4

Looks like they had access to Pablo Escobar's place to film.

Not Peruvian but Colombian now based out of Miami. See them live if you have the opportunity.
by randomperson
Tue Jan 06, 2015 11:31 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima
Replies: 81
Views: 9131

Re: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima

There is something terribly wrong with this concept as on a city block, you simply cannot have a back yard garden that gets sunshine while being engulfed by high-rises. This defies the concept of urban planning. For one, high-rises create barriers to light and privacy. They also create a wind-effect...
by randomperson
Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:41 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima
Replies: 81
Views: 9131

Re: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima

Those pictures of the demolition...just no. Before and after in the wrong order. Darwin award for architecture. Epic fail!
by randomperson
Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:01 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima
Replies: 81
Views: 9131

Re: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima

This so needs to be the subject of a glossy, high quality coffee table book 10/10 would buy! Hmmm...there's a worthwhile project for someone with the time and inclination.

Imagine if the expat community could come together to make this happen with the proceeds going to the most upvoted charity.
by randomperson
Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Music!
Replies: 458
Views: 53499

Re: Music!

Is the traditional musica criolla a dying genre? Do you listen to it or appreciate it? My favorite is Callejon de Un Solo Cano (sorry no n with squiggly on my keyboard) and Jose Antonio. Those songs give me goosebumps.
by randomperson
Sun Jan 04, 2015 9:43 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima
Replies: 81
Views: 9131

Re: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima

Simply stunning! Now if someone just made this into a coffee table book, I would x-post in the what's on your reading list thread.....
by randomperson
Sat Jan 03, 2015 9:52 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima
Replies: 81
Views: 9131

Re: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima

Thankyou, victmanu, for posting this and raising awareness even though I get a big lump in my throat seeing these pictures of the Lima I remember.
by randomperson
Sat Jan 03, 2015 6:56 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What are you reading or is on your reading list?
Replies: 14
Views: 1524

Re: What are you reading or is on your reading list?

Also, anything by B. Traven. I re-read many of his books. He is most known for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre but all of his novels are outstanding, e.g. March to the Monteria, The Cotton Pickers are all gems.
by randomperson
Sat Jan 03, 2015 6:41 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Giving to charity or other
Replies: 29
Views: 1843

Re: Giving to charity or other

I believe the OP has a point. The topic is about generosity, kindness and compassion. Expats are truly blessed to live a multi-cultural life. I always try to leave things a bit better than I found them. Shriner's Hospital here in the US is an incredible organization, usually with each city's locatio...
by randomperson
Fri Jan 02, 2015 5:58 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Giving to charity or other
Replies: 29
Views: 1843

Re: Giving to charity or other

I agree about one wanting to keep the particulars of his or her involvement with charities private, otherwise, one runs the risk of being labeled a karma whore, or worse. It's impossible to live in Peru and not be touched by the plight of the less fortunate, whether it be the pitiful street dogs, bl...
by randomperson
Thu Jan 01, 2015 6:49 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Your go-to source for news in Peru?
Replies: 7
Views: 948

Re: Your go-to source for news in Peru?

If El Comercio continues to offer worthless content to its readers, they will have no value and they are quickly going down that road. Re-sindicating sensational news that isn't geographically relevant and can easily be found from the original source days earlier and shoving in-your-face pet videos ...
by randomperson
Thu Jan 01, 2015 6:04 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Your go-to source for news in Peru?
Replies: 7
Views: 948

Your go-to source for news in Peru?

El Comercio has very little news about Peru. The front page is littered with content that has nothing to do with Peru. Lots of worthless, days old, irrelevant rehash that appeared some time ago in the Daily Mail, boring American celebrity news and links to cute YouTube pet videos that have nothing t...
by randomperson
Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:14 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: your dream house in Peru-post a link to the classified ad
Replies: 10
Views: 1085

your dream house in Peru-post a link to the classified ad

If you had the means what would you buy in Peru and why?''
by randomperson
Sun Dec 28, 2014 9:43 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima
Replies: 81
Views: 9131

Re: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima

A good gringo business to salvage the architectural details of these homes...if I had the time, I would. Gorgeous iron candelabra light fixtures, balustrades and what not, it's a shame that the patrimonio cultural is being decimated and nobody cares-until it's gone.
by randomperson
Sun Dec 28, 2014 7:25 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima
Replies: 81
Views: 9131

the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima

Is it just me who's gobsmacked by the destruction of perfectly good homes as "casa como terreno"?

And in the boom rush who knows how these ugly concrete boxes will hold up in an earthquake....

Does anyone else drool over the casonas that are still left?
by randomperson
Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:29 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Struggling with Spanish? Time for some humor!
Replies: 5
Views: 536

Re: Struggling with Spanish? Time for some humor!

and who remembers this timeless Christmas song? "police stop my car" :lol: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ua4qUUMm93s Yes, and I have heard a parody of this song with lyrics that go something like this: The police caught your dad, he was stealing onions and that's very bad. Every time I ...
by randomperson
Fri Dec 26, 2014 8:45 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Struggling with Spanish? Time for some humor!
Replies: 5
Views: 536

Re: Struggling with Spanish? Time for some humor!

I lived in Lima as a child because my parents worked for a US bank. As part of their contract, we had maids and it was because of them that I learned Spanish. At lunch-time they would all gather around the television to watch a novela and this was influential to me and had a profound impact. On an u...
by randomperson
Wed Dec 24, 2014 10:14 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What are you reading or is on your reading list?
Replies: 14
Views: 1524

Re: What are you reading or is on your reading list?

Peruanismos by Martha Hildebrandt. This book is worthy of its own thread on this forum.
by randomperson
Sat Dec 20, 2014 8:55 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Anyone one running an ''off the record'' business?
Replies: 10
Views: 965

Re: Anyone one running an ''off the record'' business?

Here is a heartbreaking example of what happens to these informal street vendors: http://www.rpp.com.pe/2014-08-12-municipalidad-destruye-200-carritos-de-huevos-de-codorniz-por-informales-noticia_715972.html Colombian loan sharks actively pursue clients in the marginalized areas of Lima. They also h...
by randomperson
Sat Dec 20, 2014 2:15 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Anyone one running an ''off the record'' business?
Replies: 10
Views: 965

Re: Anyone one running an ''off the record'' business?

I personally am not, but am fascinated by the Peruvian entrepreneurial spirit and the culture of informalidad, the colorful ambulantes. There is a current trend to bash them by the authorities but they are inspirational to me. The day the streets of Lima become sterile and heavily regulated by the a...
by randomperson
Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:27 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: when you invite a Peruvian to a restaurant lunch or dinner
Replies: 42
Views: 3727

Re: when you invite a Peruvian to a restaurant lunch or dinner

OP here.....I feel blessed by the experience as this encounter served as a solvency and character filter early on rather than after I bought the farm, so to speak. The restaurant bill-which I fully anticipated minus the surprise- is just the cost of doing business. I felt that it was germane to post...
by randomperson
Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:13 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: when you invite a Peruvian to a restaurant lunch or dinner
Replies: 42
Views: 3727

Re: when you invite a Peruvian to a restaurant lunch or dinner

digit wrote:Your report, randomperson, seems to be a first time, one time thing. Seems a little harsh to condemn a person let alone an culture based on one meeting.


I'm not a recent arrival, btw, and I posted this egregious example after noticing a pattern. Also, I'm not condemning a culture as I married it!
by randomperson
Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:02 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Brichero in Cusco
Replies: 3
Views: 882

Re: Brichero in Cusco

Hilarious! I think Peruvian criolladas deserve a special dedicated thread for unsuspecting newbie expats.
by randomperson
Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:07 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: when you invite a Peruvian to a restaurant lunch or dinner
Replies: 42
Views: 3727

Re: when you invite a Peruvian to a restaurant lunch or dinner

My situation had nothing to do with "safety". The invitee was a male and this was a business meeting in broad daylight at a well-known restaurant. The surprise guest had no knowledge of the business topic and nothing to contribute besides ordering everything on the menu and scowling. Needl...
by randomperson
Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:15 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: when you invite a Peruvian to a restaurant lunch or dinner
Replies: 42
Views: 3727

when you invite a Peruvian to a restaurant lunch or dinner

Why is it that the invitee often inexplicably shows up with an unexpected guest? Is this common with just the lower-class? do they not think it's offensive? It is so awkward, distracting and changes the dynamics of the meeting. I've read about this so-called custom and didn't think anything of it un...
by randomperson
Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:20 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Getting Residency while owing past due child support
Replies: 5
Views: 791

Re: Getting Residency while owing past due child support

I have my passport, and im in another country. I have been here for 3 years. Thats not the problem. While you may have your passport in your physical possession, they are revoked electronically. You may be in for an unpleasant surprise when you: a) attempt to travel internationally b) attempt to mo...
by randomperson
Mon Dec 01, 2014 8:23 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Getting Residency while owing past due child support
Replies: 5
Views: 791

Re: Getting Residency while owing past due child support

If you're in child support arrears in the amount of USD2,500 or more your US passport is automatically revoked. It's applied across the board, regardless of what state your case originated in. A revoked passport will show up as such in Interpol and they will likely confiscate it. The embassy will gi...
by randomperson
Sat Nov 22, 2014 10:40 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Make $500 bringing our dog home for the holidays
Replies: 40
Views: 3071

Re: Make $500 bringing our dog home for the holidays

This is a human interest story that involves Peru and the weak, if non-existent so-called ex-pat "community". Perhaps Peru This Week or other non-grinch type media would take it from here or perhaps a Facebook page is in order to cause a happy ending to this story with a holiday theme.
by randomperson
Thu Oct 23, 2014 2:53 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: cringeworthy Peruvian names
Replies: 20
Views: 2435

Re: cringeworthy Peruvian names

Lloyd007 wrote:Patricio. Hate it.


Margarito
by randomperson
Wed Oct 22, 2014 3:00 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: cringeworthy Peruvian names
Replies: 20
Views: 2435

Re: cringeworthy Peruvian names

I understand that during a time, in Brazil, men were named after American products, especially appliances, like Westinghouse, Kenmore, Oster.....
by randomperson
Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:49 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: cringeworthy Peruvian names
Replies: 20
Views: 2435

cringeworthy Peruvian names

I get that these are phonetic adaptations of western names and that most come from the police blotters:

Kinverly, Yeremi, Brayam, Leidy
by randomperson
Mon Oct 20, 2014 3:18 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: Hospitality Workers Needed
Replies: 2
Views: 600

Re: Hospitality Workers Needed

May I suggest you Google the poster's email address before emailing your CV with personal information.
by randomperson
Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:01 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: I NEED HELP TO GO HOME
Replies: 8
Views: 664

Re: I NEED HELP TO GO HOME

chi chi wrote:If you have been here for 8 years then for sure you must have some friends in Peru that are willing to help you out.


Good luck.


I don't believe this chap would have resorted to posting here were that the case.
by randomperson
Mon Aug 04, 2014 3:29 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: I NEED HELP TO GO HOME
Replies: 8
Views: 664

Re: I NEED HELP TO GO HOME

I'm surprised that in your post you don't mention any contact with your embassy. Google your country's emergency repatriation service and expect that they will require you to sign an "Undertaking To Repay" which basically entails you giving your embassy your passport, them giving you a loa...
by randomperson
Sat Jul 26, 2014 1:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why is the Peruvian (Western) expat community so weak?
Replies: 7
Views: 1022

Re: Why is the Peruvian (Western) expat community so weak?

I agree with your observation, although I don't know the reason why. Maybe no good leader-type person has yet arrived to spark potentially interested people into doing something that maters? I for one would LOVE to offer my professional skills to start a side business with someone, help other nativ...
by randomperson
Thu Jul 24, 2014 2:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why is the Peruvian (Western) expat community so weak?
Replies: 7
Views: 1022

Why is the Peruvian (Western) expat community so weak?

I have found the expat community to be very polarized, fragmented and occasionally downright hostile. Why is this so? Other immigrant communities form alliances and are far more industrious, they relay goods back and forth from their home countries, collaborate, establish business together by poolin...
by randomperson
Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:30 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN
Replies: 70
Views: 27760

Re: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN

An excellent source for dirt-cheap books to brush up on Peruvian history is the book market downtown...not sure what it's called but it's adjacent to the Mercado de las Mochilas and a fascinating place to visit. Many, many stalls filled with old books, new books and the vendors, if they don't have w...
by randomperson
Fri Jun 27, 2014 5:08 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: I got married in Peru-thank you, forum contributors!
Replies: 0
Views: 195

I got married in Peru-thank you, forum contributors!

For over a year I've been planning my wedding (civil ceremony) in Peru with a short window to travel to Lima. I have to say that I never once had to post a question as every aspect and every complication with its respective solution has been posted here. Thanks to all of you and the wealth of inform...
by randomperson
Sat May 31, 2014 9:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Womens Shoes - Larger sizes
Replies: 5
Views: 697

Re: Womens Shoes - Larger sizes

I'm coming to Lima this Thursday and doing some last minute shopping in the San Francisco Bay Area. Would not mind bringing a pair or 2 if you want to PM me with a link to mainstream store style and size.

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